Peter Jones (New Zealand rugby union)

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Peter Jones
Full name Peter Frederick Hilton-Jones
Date of birth 24 March 1932
Place of birth Kaitaia, New Zealand
Date of death 7 June 1994
Place of death Waipapakauri, New Zealand
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 108 kg (238 lb)
School Kaitaia College
Occupation(s) Fisherman
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No 8 or Flanker
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1950-1961 North Auckland 79 90
(30 tries)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1953-56, 1958-60 All Blacks 37 (60)
(20 tries)

Peter Frederick Hilton Jones (24 March 1932 – 7 June 1994) was a former New Zealand International Rugby Union player. He played for the All Blacks in 37 matches (including eleven test matches) between 1953 and 1960. Jones was brought into Ted Griffin's Northland Auckland team in 1950 as an eighteen-year-old and became an immediate sensation. He was part of the North Auckland side under Johnny Smith's captaincy, which beat South Canterbury in Timaru to win the Ranfurly Shield in 1950. By the end of his provincial career, Jones had scored 30 tries in 79 appearances for North Auckland

Jones was listed at 210 pounds (95 kg) and 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) when he made his debut in Bob Stuart's 1953-54 All Black side that toured Britain and France. By mid-tour he was weighed at 220 lb (100 kg). He played in the tests against England and Scotland and finished the tour with six tries from 12 appearances.

With an impressive physique that averaged about 238 pounds (108 kg) in the second half of his career, Jones was also blessed with the speed of a sprinter. Rugby journalist Terry McLean reported that Jones was capable of running 100 yards (91 m) in 10 seconds. Jones played 37 times for New Zealand and scored 20 tries. He was probably best remembered for his memorable try in the series-ending test against the Springboks in 1956.